Synergy 2016 Seen to Bolster Universities’ Technology Transfer Activities
“Valuing Creativity, Intensifying Innovations, Forging Connections” is this year’s theme of Synergy 2016: A Science and Technology Innovation Forum held from September 21 to 22 at the Shangri-La at the Fort, Taguig City. Running on its 2nd year now, Synergy is a joint project of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) & the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE). Synergy was conceived to help increase and improve the science & technology researches of universities and colleges and strengthen the innovation ecosystem in the country.
In his Opening Remarks, His Excellency Philip S. Goldberg, United States Ambassador to the Philippines shared that the projects of USAID STRIDE are designed to support the move for a sustainable and inclusive growth in the Philippines and as such the various projects support education and the promotion of science and technology, innovation and research activities among the higher education institutions around the country. He highlighted the activities under the Synergy project that enable the technopreneurs to bring their ideas into fruition. He thanked the IPOPHL for its full support to make this annual endeavor happen. He also expressed appreciation for the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), for being key partners to the project. Ambassador Goldberg also recognized the leaders in the industry, the academia, and all those present emphasizing that their contributions to the growth of science, technology, and innovation will hopefully bring about the much-needed economic growth of the Philippines. Lastly, he made assurances that the United States of America (USA,) as a friend, an ally, and a partner, will always be there to support the aspirations of the country.